Saturday, May 30, 2015

May Monster Madness






 I went for Steampunk.

The late Victorians were big on
the insect theme



and it's only a small step to
steampunk and animate these little beauties
into creations of exotically beautiful horror.

Here is a selection.


Creatures crafted from
discarded parts.




My friend, Miss Magpie's Steampunk Observer.


Lego Steampunk Scuttler.


Watch-part Insects from



Creation of a clockwork insect.

One of my favourite films
has a spectacularly unpleasant 
altered  flea.

See it here, with its trainer's forceps
adding a hypodermic needle.



The flea's view as it travels to its target.


And here, its mind-altering toxin takes effect.



Here is my own Surveillance Arthropod.

(Right now, it's under your couch,
taking notes in Morse code.)



And a how-to, if you want to make your own.


Thank you so much,
for sharing in
May Monster Madness!

If I haven't visited your blog yet,
I'm on my way.




32 comments:

  1. Damn! Don't I have enough to do without this kind of temptation???!!!
    Yummy bugs :D XXX

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  2. Brilliant!

    Your Surveillance Arthropod is awesome, and I love Victorian bug brooches.

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    1. Aww, thank you! I always love the Victorian insect jewellery and it was just nice to try something similar!

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  3. I feel all creepy crawly and itchy now! I just bought a steampunk clock a couple of weekends ago. I love it!

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    1. Ohh, a steampunk clock sounds wonderful!

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  4. Sorry. Typo!

    Yeah... all the creepies are making me itchy. LOL! I love your steampunk idea! Nice! =D

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  5. Quietly the Leggy world patiently waits as we destroy, Soon they will over come .....Soon! xoxo

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    1. Yes, indeed. And lay their eggs in our nostrils...

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  6. That Beetle looks like something out of a Sci-Fi movie! Fun post goes to show you can use anything for steampunk.

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    1. Thank you so much, Bob! That really means a lot!

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  7. I looked under my couch, and you lied! I want my disgusting bug this instant. Life and madness is so freaking unfair. ;-(

    By the way, I spent quite a bit of time staring at the dragonfly. What an incredible piece!

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    1. They're very sensitive to movement, Magaly... I'll get this Morse code transcribed soon. ;)

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  8. Nice post ( and your doll creations look great )
    good Sir wicKED also posted on "Bugs" and Sir Maynard posted of the 70's film "Bug"....

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  9. Wow! This post is freakin' awesome, Rhissanna! Chock-full of insect-y goodness! The Victorian and Steampunk pieces are exquisite... as is your Surveillance Arthropod. And I adore the splendid, animated graphic you finished with!!

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    1. Thank you so much! I loved making the arthropod; I just wish I could find more of the little clockwork beetles for sale.

      That creepy gif is cool, isn't it? I just squealed with delight when I found it.

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  10. Oh how I love absolutely everything in this post, Rhissanna, especially your brilliant Surveillance Arthropod!

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    1. Aww! Thank you so much! It was a lot of fun to get together!

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  11. Love steampunky creeps. Mechanical spiders and scorpions always light me up!

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    1. I'm so glad you liked them! Science should bring us auto-bugs! At once!

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    1. Well, not now...Ignore that vague scuttling sound from the bathroom.

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  13. Love the sweet little insect concoctions! So delightful!

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    1. Thank you so much! The steampunk one was such fun to make!

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  14. Hello, B
    I just began reading a young adult fiction book, a trilogy titled 'The Cabinet of Wonders' by Marie Rutkoski. It has a talking mechanical spider in it for one thing. These steampunk creatures you have blogged about are right in tune with the theme of the book I am reading. So, it was very serendipity that I came to your blog to find some cool steampunk creatures!
    How have you been, my dear?
    Life has been soooo busy! I really need to get off the computer as I am taking care of my one and a half year old granddaughter for a few hours tomorrow. I need to get to bed!
    hugs,
    Teresa
    http://amagicalwhimsy.blogspot.com/
    Tomorrow is 'World Doll Day' the second Saturday in June, always. Didn't know it, and just found out, but I did a couple of quick posts about it. Your rabbit doll and Alice are one of my doll photos for the doll shoot'
    Cheers! Come on over to my blog!

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    1. Hi there, Teresa! That book sounds wonderful, especially for the talking mechanical spider! I've been very busy, making dolls and more dolls. It's been wonderful!

      I only found out about World Doll Day last June! It's ought to be more widely known, and that's what the Internet does best. I'm rushing over to see photos of the dolls! So excited.

      Have fun with your granddaughter and spoil her to bits!

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  15. I love the little steampunk insects, I keep seeing people share them on Facebook as well. People are so talented. :-)

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    1. I think they really capture people's imagination, Rachel! I had a lot of fun making mine, and mine's just a clockwork toy and some paint and glue. There's pieces out there that are a real work of art..

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Thank you all for the wonderful and supportive things you say! I'm thrilled to read them and I reply to each one.